Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Bit of Gallery News

Bay Arabian horse running with black mane flying. Head and shoulders visible.

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"Autumn Splendor" is currently exhibited at Gallery On The Square in Wimberley, Texas. The 11x14 metal print is mounted on a 17x20 leather matte. Prints are available in various sizes. See my website for additional information.

Because I am lucky enough to have a fantastically generous and determined cousin in Texas, I am now represented by a gallery in the Texas Hill Country. Gallery On The Square is showing my work at two locations in Wimberley, Texas.

Wimberley is a charming little village right in the heart of the Hill Country. The village is a favorite of tourists and perfectly located for a day trip from two large cities, Austin and San Antonio. I fell in love with Wimberley many years ago and, recently, I had indulged in daydreams about representation at one of the galleries there, but never followed up on the idea. My cousin, along with his lovely and gracious wife—neither with any previous experience as art reps, took one of those day trips and lo and behold, my work is now hanging in a gallery in the Texas Hill Country. I should be listed on the website soon.

I can't tell you how grateful I am to L and E for the time they have put into this. As I mentioned, I had daydreamed about having by work in additional galleries, but daydreams without action don't get us very far. I continued to put off approaching galleries by focusing on things that were easier to do. Besides, I am quite certain that I wouldn't be nearly as good at selling myself as this dynamic duo.

Thanks again, L and E.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sugar with My Turnip Greens—and Facebook

Well, I finally did it. I got myself on Facebook. It is one more tool in the toolkit and I am doing all right with it so far, even though I have whacked my thumb with this tool more than once. Never having been one to learn any type of software effortlessly, I am still learning the quirks of the thing. No cover photo and no profile picture, yet—definitely under construction.  Still, virtual whacks on the thumb heal more quickly than the real-life ones, so I am hanging in there.

Besides finding a way to sweeten the Facebook experience (let's keep count of how many weak metaphors I can cram in one post), I am exploring more ways to add to my newsletter mailing list. Speaking of my newsletter (look, I can do hokey segues, too.), I want to be sure to invite you to subscribe. 

Subscribing is easy. This link will take you directly to the sign-up form. For your protection, MailChimp requires a double-opt in. A tiny bit of a hassle, but worth it to feel secure that no one can sign you up without that your confirmation. Recently, I started drawings for gifts to go out coinciding with each issue and a fellow blogger, Mark G. won the very first drawing. Mark won an open edition print of "Light Amongst the Shadows." The fun provided with the drawings adds to my enjoyment of preparing the newsletter. I suppose that is a selfish, but it's the truth.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Updating 2013 News

Black Arabian gelding close up of both eyes

"Midnight Visit" will be exhibited at Gallery 'n' Gifts as of June 6, 2013. (16x24 on metal)

I always have a wonderful time at the Cultural Arts Association Spring Art Show. This year was no exception. I met new people, visited with people who are beginning to feel like old friends, and enjoyed seeing work from artists who hail from the Tehachapi Valleys.

A lady who took home a piece of mine two years ago, added "Midnight Visit",  (above) 12x18 inches on metal, to her collection. "On Cloud Nine", 12x18 inches on metal and mounted on a chocolate brown leather backing, sold to a new friend from Bear Valley Springs.

Since "Profile in Bronze", 12x12 inches on metal, was sold at the gallery that meant that by the end of April, three pieces of my work had been added to private collections. Looks like I have to hustle if I have any hopes of reclaiming that momentum.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

When Two Is Better Than One

close-up image of black Arabian horse mostly eyes by Anita Jesse
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"Midnight Visit" is currently displayed as a 6x9 Lustre Print in an 11x14 matte. This piece is available at Gallery 'N Gifts, Tehachapi, CA. Prints are available in various sizes. See my website for additional information.

About the Image
I have lost track of how many of my pieces include this black gelding. His was a tortured spirit and and the barely subdued madness in him has always translated into some form of energy in the photographs we made together that I couldn't possibly manufacture on my own.

Old Habits and Productivity
Finally, a couple of months ago, I began working with two monitors. Don't ask why it has taken me so long.

Sometimes the answer to increased productivity or greater creativity has been under our nose for months or years and we fail to see it. This is certainly what happened to me. It isn't as if working with dual monitors is a new and iffy concept. I just lagged behind and kept doing things the way I had always done them. Yes, I considered a computer even with one monitor pretty cutting edge in the early 1980's. But, I had fallen way behind the times. And, yes, I upgraded to larger and more sophisticated displays. Just not more than one at a time. Old habits getting in the way of progress.

Sound familiar, anyone? I wish I could say that I don't often make such bone-headed mistakes, but I would be flattering myself. More often than I want to admit I finally come around to trying a new technique or piece of equipment and then kick myself for dragging my feet.

For so many of us it is easier to keep repeating the old familiar mistakes than to try something new. We tell ourselves that we don't have time to master the new tool, or get used to doing something a new way. But, it is based in some sort of fear.

It is particularly interesting to me that, more often than not, I eventually face down that resistance and jump into what I have carefully avoided for sometimes years. Yes, occasionally, learning the new way of working is frustrating and takes time as well as patience before it becomes as natural as the old familiar habits. But, often, the transition is a non-event and the switch-over is painless. The latter was the case with adding a second monitor. Within a couple of minutes I was having a wonderful time and wishing I had made the move years ago.

The real embarrassment is that I changed my ways mostly by happenstance. Months ago, I had purchased a second monitor so that I could get into the old machine without having to disconnect my monitor from the new computer. It seems that reports of the old computer dying were more than slightly exaggerated. After that one terrifying day when I was treated to the gasps of a faltering machine with only hours to survive, the old machine has cooked along nicely. Of course, it is no longer being asked to manage Photoshop and power I-forget-how-many external hard drives. That could explain the revival.

As time passed, I asked myself why I should let that perfectly fine new monitor sit there day after day waiting for the rare call into service when I wanted to search for something on the old computer? Why not try working with two monitors every day? What a novel thought. Not!

Now that I have two lovely, wide monitors lined up side by side on my desk, working on an image like the one above is a whole lot easier. Phew? Late to the party, a little embarrassed that it took me so long; but, having a grand time. Ain't technology grand?


Monday, February 4, 2013

Saying Goodbye

I am at an age where I have attended a sizable number of memorial services and you would think one would learn to cope better as you have more life experience. It hasn't worked that way for me. This most recent one has shaken me to the core. 

Arnold was a very special man—an extraordinarily talented carver, but, more importantly, his life was a work of art. He left many behind who loved him. His adoring family, old friends, new friends—he embraced us all with the same enthusiasm he had for the outdoors, his family, and for his carving. He was a big man with a big booming voice, a big smile, and a big heart to go with it. My heart is heavy, but I manage a smile when I  realize that Heaven will be a noisier place now that Big A is there. 

I hope you will take a moment to look at a sample of Arnold's work at the Gallery 'N Gifts site

Monday, January 28, 2013

Playing at 2.8

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A couple of days ago I decided I wanted to make this image—probably because I saw something somewhere that triggered the thought. But, I have been so busy and distracted that I continued to push the thought aside. Today, the thought wouldn't slip into the background. Regardless of what I attempted to concentrate on, the still shiny new 7D has been begging for attention, and my trusty 100mm 2.8L was begging to be called into service.

I resisted, reminding myself that I didn't have time to play; but, my resolve was weak. This afternoon, everything on the to-do list got shoved down a couple of notches and I had my fun. Yes, it's still all about animals at the moment. What can I say? This one, however, was extremely patient about posing. Maybe I should reconsider the route I have taken.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Turnip Greens and Facebook

A Snapshot
Galen-Awakened From a Nap

Most everyone knows that turnip greens are loaded with nutrients. But... Doesn't mean we all like them. I, for one, never found them palatable. Not quite true.

When I was in graduate school, I was able to treat myself, ooccasionally, to a meal at a nearby family-owned restaurant. The prices were dirt cheap and the food was decent. The limited menu offered turnip greens as a side dish, and when I worked up the nerve to try the dish, I found it rather tasty. But, I suspect the greens were loaded with sugar—not featured on anyone's list of healthy foods. Besides, I never could talk anyone into giving me the secret on how to prepare them. The result is that I haven't eaten turnip greens since I got out of grad school—and that was looong ago. 

How does Facebook figure in this post about turnip greens on a non-cooking site?  Well, "everyone" (whoever they are) tells me that I should be on Facebook. I want to like 
Facebook. I try to like it. I believe that it is probably a good idea. Several times, I have almost talked myself into it. But, ultimately, I drag my feet, then think up umpteen projects that are far more urgent, and I still don't have a Facebook page. 

Obviously my comparing Facebook to turnip greens must be way out of line, since millions of people can't get enough of the social media rage. Maybe it's more akin to me not liking chocolate, or ice cream. Or, just plain old fear of tackling yet another bit of software. 

What is the equivalent of adding sugar to Facebook? Anybody have the recipe and willing to share it?